Tips for teens and employers as summer hiring begins | Business
Released by Texas Workforce Commission:
As summer approaches, the number of teenagers looking for work increases dramatically. According to a 2011 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) study, the number of 16- to 19-year-olds employed or searching for work last year skyrocketed between April and July, increasing by more than 1.6 million workers to a total of almost 7 million in July1.
“The Texas Workforce Commission is committed to helping prepare Texas’ future workforce for competition in the global marketplace, and summer jobs are an important part of that equation,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken. “These jobs can help Texas high school students learn the value of hard work and dependability while earning their own income.”
TWC reminds employers, workers and parents to familiarize themselves with state and federal laws, as well as safety regulations that address child labor issues. Any person under the age of 18 is considered a child when employed. Federal and state child labor laws are designed to protect youth against potentially detrimental occupational settings or working conditions that could interfere with their safety, health or well-being. Employers also must comply with wage and hour laws and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), available online at www.youthrules.dol.gov.
“Safety should always be the most important factor concerning youths in the workforce,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Teenagers, parents and employers should educate themselves on the child labor laws designed to protect our children.”
In Texas, certain child labor laws apply to different age groups and different job types. For example, children aged 11 or older may deliver newspapers to customers on established routes. Children aged 14 or 15 may perform office and clerical work, some kitchen work, cashiering, bagging and carrying out customer orders, among other tasks, as long as it takes place during certain hours. Children aged 16 or 17 can perform work for any number of hours, as long as it is not deemed hazardous by DOL. Visit www.texasworkforce.org/ui/lablaw/llcl70.pdf to view TWC’s child labor law poster.
“I encourage young people to take advantage of the resources available at Workforce Solutions centers in order to separate themselves from other applicants,” TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Andres Alcantar said. “It’s never too early for a young person to explore their interests and learn valuable skills they will retain throughout their careers.”
Teens interested in job-search assistance and career resources should contact their local Workforce Solutions offices by visiting WorkInTexas.com. Older teens also may visit TexasInternship.jobs, the latest enhancement to TWC’s arsenal of free online job resources. Visit TWC online at www.texasworkforce.org/ui/lablaw/lablaw.html, or call TWC’s Labor Law Section at <?xml:namespace prefix = skype /> 800-832-9243 or 512-475-2670 to learn more about child labor laws.
1 For information on this statistic visit www.bls.gov/webapps/legacy/cpsatab1.htm. (Note: Figures are not seasonally adjusted)